- Balance your body fluids. Excess fluid is filtered out of your blood, and it leaves your body as urine. Your kidneys make about one to two quarts of urine a day.
- Regulate body water and important minerals in your blood, such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium.
- Remove waste products from your blood. These waste products come from the breakdown of foods you eat and from normal muscle activity.
- Remove drugs and toxins from your body.
- Release hormones into your blood, which control blood pressure, make red blood cells and keep your bones healthy.
Healthy Kidneys & Urinary System
1 AnswerNational Kidney Foundation answeredYour kidneys do some important jobs to keep your body healthy. They:
1 AnswerHealthCorps answered
Urine can indeed provide clue that you may be developing or actually have certain health conditions.
Look at the color of your urine:
- If your urine is brown or dark, it could be a sign of liver disease, antibiotic usage, kidney failure, or use of muscle relaxants. If you regularly eat Fava beans or rhubarb urine could also be dark-colored.
- If your urine is pink or red, it could be a by-product of eating beets. Urine can also be red-tinged if you are menstruating heavily, but otherwise blood should not be found in your urine.
- Green urine can occur due to food coloring, or because you take medications such as Indocin. A urinary tract infection (UTI) can also cause urine to appear greenish. Try drinking water to see if the color disappears.
Some foods can make your urine odorous. But:
- if it smells like ammonia, you may be dehydrated.
- if it has a foul odor, it could be a sign of a bladder or kidney infection.
- if it has a sweet smell, it could be a sign of diabetes.
General appearance can also signal a problem: Urine that is consistently foamy or bubbly may be a sign of kidney disease.
Take note of changes in volume and frequency. Urinating more frequently but putting out the same volume may indicate a UTI or in men, an enlarged prostate. An increasing need to urinate larger volumes more frequently may indicate that you have diabetes.
If you experience any of these changes in your urine, see your doctor.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
People with detrusor instability or sensory urgency may benefit from psychotherapy to reduce urgency, incontinence, and nighttime urination, but probably not overall frequency. More research is needed in this area.
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1 AnswerRealAge answered
Kidneys are vital to your body's waste-disposal system, but in many adults (one in nine) these ingenious little filters aren't firing on all cylinders. Over time, this triples your odds for heart problems because kidneys gunk up your bloodstream, which stiffens arteries, fires up inflammation, and sets the stage for a heart attack. High blood pressure, diabetes, and unlucky genes are risk factors for kidney problems. If you've got any of 'em, get checked.
1 AnswerDo you get an overwhelming urge to urinate just when you arrive home and start to open the door? Also called "latchkey incontinence," this phenomenon is a good demonstration of the bladder-brain connection. When you feel the urge to urinate as you're going home, you suppress it until you arrive. Eventually, the bladder becomes conditioned to associate arriving home with urinating, and the urge comes on whether or not your bladder is full. This is not a "psychological" problem, but a reflex-conditioning problem, much as when you salivate upon smelling something good to eat.
1 AnswerA woman's bladder lies in front of the vagina near the uterus (where its ability to expand is noticeably lessened during pregnancy, as the uterus enlarges). A man's bladder is located below his abdomen, between the pubic bone and the rectum.
1 AnswerThe bladder's first job is to store urine that has been filtered by the kidneys and delivered through the ureter. The bladder should be able to hold 3-5 hours worth of urine. Once the bladder is nearly full, the nerves send a signal to the brain. To urinate, you relax the urethral sphincter muscle and the brain signals the bladder muscle (detrusor) to contract to push the urine out.
1 AnswerMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThink of your kidneys as a waste filtration system, consisting of a million small filters called nephrons. When these filters are damaged, they are less able to filter out waste and fluids, leading to buildup that can threaten your healthy organs. As a result, your body is less able to function normally and you are at greater risk for heart disease and other health problems.
1 AnswerLauren Streicher, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answered
Does your urine splatter all over the place rather than hit the water in one steady stream? That's urinary splaying, says ob/gyn Dr. Lauren Streicher. Find out what you can do to solve the problem by watching this video.
2 AnswersHealthwise answered
The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside of the body. Urine is produced in the kidneys and flows through the ureters to the bladder, where it is stored until a person urinates.
The urethra is significantly shorter in women than in men.
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